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Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 12th Edition Hardcover – October, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; 12 edition (October 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687057841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687057849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jacob and Kiki Hantla TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an extremely valuable resource to quickly understand the basic beliefs of a denominations, especially those that set them apart from others. This book covers a vast number of denominations, obviously not complete but close to it. Each one typically has a statistic giving its popularity, followed by a short (typically no longer than 3 or 4 pages, but sometimes shorter) summary of the denominational history and distinctives.

Having used it to look at a few denominations with which I am familiar and many with which I am not, the authors appear to have painstakingly made the summaries as unbiased and fair as possible. Oftentimes, they quote directly from official denominational literature. I also appreciate the appendices which refer the researcher to further information on a particular denomination.

The large denominational categories covered, with many subcategories each are:

1. Adventist

2. Baptist

3. Brethren and Pietist Churches

4. Catholic Churches

5. Christian Church (Stone-Campbell Movement)

6. Congregational Churches

7. Episcopal/Anglican Churches

8. Friends (Quakers)

9. Fundamentalist/Bible Churches

10. Holines Churches

11. Islam

12. Judaism

13. Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

14. Lutherans

15. Mennonite Churches

16. Methodist Churches

17. Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches

18. Pentecostal Churches

19. Presbyterian Churches

20. Reformed Churches

21. Salvation Army

22.
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Our church pulled out of the United Church of Christ in 2001, and our denomination search committee needed a resource to get more information. We were very happy to find this book. At your finger tips are brief sketches of practically every major religious group in the United States. Some of the essays are very brief in nature, while others are pages long. Still, it is an excellent starting point, and for most people who just want the basic facts, it is all the information a person could want on the religious movements in the country. And one of the other things I like about the book is that as far as it it is possible, the authors take a very objective position. No trace of bias or sectarian coloring mars the book, as far as I can tell. There is no way of discerning which denominational perspective the authors write from, and that's the way I like it.
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Islam, Judaism, Gnosticism and more are included along with Christianity within the ever-expanding scope of this classic reference book. Supposedly selection is limited to those groups within the "Abrahamic-monotheistic tradition," but that's arguable, since it includes for ex: Mormonism (multiple gods throughout universe), Nation of Islam (succession of gods thru time), Unitarian-Universalism (not required to believe in any particular religious belief), and pantheistic groups. Other inclusion/exclusion oddities: Native American Church--in; Voodoo and Santeria--out. Spiritualism--in; Hinduism and Urantia--out. Unification Church--in; Taoism--out. Nation of Islam--in; Scientology--out. There are also inconsistencies regarding where within the book groups are listed: Messianic Judaism is not listed in Christianity, but in Judaism, yet Church of God and Saints of Christ ("Black Jews") are under Christianity and not Judaism. Sufism is listed under Islam, but Nation of Islam is not. Including such incompatible religions under the title of "Handbook of Denominations" implies theological (as opposed to social) toleration and some underlying fundamental agreement, which perhaps risks contributing ever so subtly to the psychological preparation for acceptance of an ecumenical religion that sacrifices biblical truth for the sake of societal unity. Fortunately, the authors say "future editions of the Handbook may require a different title" (though they do not suggest the possibility of narrowing the book's scope). Other books have used titles that more accurately convey their contents--"Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult" or "Encyclopedia of American Religions," no problem.Read more ›
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This book covers all the main Christian denominations. It groups them into categories, such as describing 7 different Lutheran denominations. First the characteristics of the group are presented, and then those of the individual denominations within the group. The belief and worship characteristics are giiven. The number of adherents are listed if known. A very thorough coverage. Highly recommended.
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We ordered this for my 80+ year old stepdad, and he has found it very informative. He keeps buying extra copies as he gives them away to friends interested in spiritual matters and/or the intellectually curious. One of the things I liked about the book were the brief sketches of different churches' beliefs. The author(s) has/have been fair or even glowing about different denominations, which is a very nice change from the negative reports we find in most of life. As I haven't read all the book, I don't know if they have any 'bad reviews' or warnings about some groups. My only complaint would be that some of the thumbnail sketches were just that, too little infomation. That could be all that was known, or that they couldn't find any or enough good things to say, so erred on the side of caution. Thank you for offering this book (and other items, and for your speedy service). Ms Coburn (L. Coburn-Browning)
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